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Change to Commonspot Authoring Login

Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

A modification has been made to Commonspot which forces all logins to now be performed over a secure connection, or SSL. This change only effects authoring on the Commonspot server, and doesn't have any impact on your content, either on or

Some background: When your browser connects to a web page, there are two different ways it can do this: either with a secure, encrypted connection or a less secure simple "plain text" connection. On Santa Clara's web environment most pages can be accessed either way.

Both '' and '' are the same, and URLs that begin with https are the secure ones.

On Monday, July 28th, any login page, such as on a non-secure connection, will automatically be redirected to it's secure counterpart, in this case As such, you will now do all of your authoring over the https connection. If you've bookmarked a page on the non-secure connection, it won't know that you're logged in to the secure version, so you may get confusing results or think your page has moved.

The solution: update all of your bookmarks to access the same path on Also remember, this change has no effect on the production servers where you are sending your end-users.

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Send a support request to the SCU Web Publishing team in OMC and Media Services.

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